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Early ANZAC History in a Park

By: Anonymous

With the weather forecast of rain developing later in the day, I headed out for an early start to my current favourite park with my trusty Minelab E-TRAC. This particular park has been in use for over a hundred years and has produced some nice finds for me.


Starting in a corner of the park that I haven’t detected yet only resulted in some rubbish and a dog ID disk. So I worked my across to an area that had been producing some nice old coins dating back to the late 1800’s recently. A shower of rain, which was a sign of things to come, had me heading back to the car for a few minutes until it stopped, then I was back into it.

An old .303 bullet case dating from 1928 came to light, then a good solid signal near an old tree had me digging. At first I thought it was another two-cent coin, until I spotted a small hole in the top and writing on it; however, without my glasses I couldn’t make out much else.

Two threepence coins, 1909 and 1941 were soon in my finds pouch then a bent old one cent coin surfaced, this was to be my last target as it was starting to rain again. Back at home, it was time to have a good look at my finds, what I had thought was a two cent coin turned out to be a small commemorative medal. On one side was written “Western Australia 1915, God Speed The Allies” on the other was written “ Struck In Honour Of Our Boys In The Dardanelles”.

I love finding old local memorabilia, and this one was a tangible link with the first ANZACS, as these “boys” were to land on the Gallipoli Peninsular on April 25th 1915 in an effort to capture the Dardanelles.

I love this hobby and I love researching about the many interesting relics that I find.

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